Students react to Mammel’s features, design


By Kristin Drake – Contributor

When asked to name her favorite feature of UNO’s new Mammel Hall, UNO marketing major Nicole Morrison said, “Free printing.”

Spoken like a true college student, Morrison isn’t the only student impressed with UNO’s newest building.

UNO senior and business management major Nick Moss singled out the touch screens as one feature that adds to his enthusiasm.

“It was like a cell phone, but bigger,” he said. “Mammel Hall actually made school really fun for the first week. Then, it was school again.”

Both students beamed when describing the building’s features, from the touch screens that denote each classroom and specify which class is scheduled to meet, to the bizarre artwork and vibrant red trampoline chairs with plastic rectangle frames covered with taut canvases.

The artwork in Mammel Hall is a source of pride for the students, who enjoy looking at and even interacting with some of the sculptures.

UNO sophomore and marketing major Abby Whitley said she couldn’t get enough of the red chairs and arrives to school early to sit in them before class.

She also appreciates the light fixtures. Shaped like icicles, they hang from the ceiling down into the lobby.

“When I’m on the third floor, I get the urge to jump off the landing and slide down them, just like I’m a fireman,” Whitley said.

As for what the students dislike about Mammel Hall, Morrison said most respond with blank faces when asked.

“The building is so accommodating,” Morrison said. “You can stay in Mammel Hall all day and have everything you need on hand, [with] the café, study rooms, even kitchenettes for students to prepare meals. The fact [that] Aksarben is within walking distance is a definite perk.”

However, UNO senior and pre-med major Andy Hansen did find something lacking. She said the bathrooms, which are solely located on the west side of the building, are inconvenient. The centrally-located family bathrooms.

Hansen is not the only student to share sentiments about the family bathrooms being a bit disconcerting.

“It’s just like you can see the toilet straight from the doorway,” said Brooke Buda, a UNO junior accounting major. “I have serious anxiety [that] I’ll forget to lock the door and that someone will come busting in.”



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